Houston coach Dana Holgorsen, right, celebrated with quarterback Clayton Tune against South Florida 14 in Houston on November

Hawaii head coach Todd Graham (center) and the Rainbow Warriors took the field before their home game against New Mexico on November 7 at Aloha Stadium.The Warriors end the season by playing at the New Mexico Bowl in Frisco, Texas today, compete against Houston

Todd Graham felt right at home after a day-long foray into a forgotten bowl game
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Todd Graham felt right at home after a day-long foray into a displaced bowl game

The University of Hawaii soccer team’s trip to Frisco, Texas for today’s New Mexico Bowl brought the Rainbow Warriors head coach about 45 minutes’ drive from his hometown of Mesquite for his first year the trainer received a tip from the athletes

“It takes a day to orientate yourself, but our boys are used to it,” said Graham “Our players teach me how to do it. I’ve learned a lot about how to do this efficiently and how to readjust and maintain your energy levels and all of those things”

While the more seasoned members of the Hawaiian roster are familiar with arduous travel, the circumstances of their current trip – similar to 2020 in general – are anything but routine

It seemed like the Warriors’ season would end with a win over UNLV on December 12 at Aloha Stadium to end a wavy regular season 4-4. A day later, the announcement came that they had been invited to the Playing the New Mexico Bowl, which was relocated to Texas due to COVID-19 restrictions in Albuquerque, N, Area to face Houston (3-4)

They resumed training last Wednesday, traveled to Texas on Monday, visited AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, after training on Tuesday, and ended the season (for sure this time) by playing at the Compete against the Cougars at Toyota Stadium

“Ninety-nine percent of this year we didn’t think there would be bowl games,” said Houston trainer Dana Holgorsen, whose next comment during Wednesday’s pre-game virtual press conference would highlight the unusual nature of the matchup. p>

“We’re excited to be part of the New Mexico Bowl and play Hawaii in Frisco”… I don’t know if I would ever say that in my life, let alone 2020

Perhaps the most normal part of the experience is the three hours the warriors and cougars spend on the pitch when the nationally televised game begins at 10:30 a.m. Hawaii time

Hawaii won the lone inter-program meeting in a wild, three-hour duel that ended in an even wilder brawl at the 2003 Hawaii Bowl. The matchup will also renew a field series between the coaches

Graham and Holgorsen faced each other as head coaches in Pittsburgh and West Virginia in 2011 and again in the 2015 Cactus Bowl when Graham was in Arizona, USA. Holgorsen’s teams won both meetings

“Preparing for this game, especially for me when I went offensive against his defense, brought back many memories of being able to plan games and play against him in the past,” said Holgorsen ” He got these guys to play hard … He planned them pretty well where they would be able to do plays ”


Graham also has experience preparing for Holgorsen’s airstrike.Huston quarterback Clayton Tune ranks fourth in the American Athletic Conference with 261, 7 yards per game and is 19 in the FBS in the total offense at 302 yards per game

“I think the air raid game is by far the hardest to defend in my 30 years as a coach,” said Graham. “But he modified it and it’s much more physical now. You can play football, are very physical, have very difficult ones Game actions and RPO he is hands down one of the best in the business offensively ”

The Cougars will be without one of their top guns, and receiver Marquez Stevenson (20 catches, 307 yards, four touchdowns) will turn down the game, the Houston Chronicle reported Holgorsen said the Cougars were 15-16 without for various reasons Players will get by ”

The Hawaii crime led by quarterback Chevan Cordeiro (243 yards per game, 11 touchdowns, six interceptions) will run back without Miles Reed stepping onto the transfer portal last week.His absence drives freshman Dae Dae Hunter (34 porters, 139 Yards, 2 TDs) in the depth map, with Senior Calvin Turner (282 rushing yards, 458 receivers, a total of nine TDs) also highlighting the attack

“Even though (Hunter) is a newbie, he brought it with him every day,” said UH offensive coordinator GJ Kinne said, “We have great faith in him and another man I expect to have a great game”

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